Banana Pancakes (gluten-free, 100% whole grain, dairy-free)

These banana pancakes are gluten-free, 100% whole grain and completely sweetened with bananas! Think of them as banana bread in pancake form.

These banana pancakes are gluten-free, 100% whole grain, and dairy-free! They use ground up oats instead of flour which results in some awesome non-healthy tasting pancakes! |

That’s right. These banana pancakes have no added sugar, honey, maple syrup… nothing! If you’ve got some bananas that are about to turn moldy… this is what you want to do with them! These are nice and sweet and maple syrup is totally unnecessary (but it’s always nice, isn’t it? ;))

I used peanut butter and chocolate chips to top mine off but honestly, that was just to make them pretty.

And like always, my pancakes don’t use any funky (or funky according to me) gluten-free flours. Just oat flour. Which is just ground up oats. If I could pick something made with whole wheat or whole spelt or oat flour, I’d pick oat flour. Every time. Things just taste less healthy with oat flour!

Banana Pancakes - gluten-free, 100% whole grain, and dairy-free. And they don't taste the least bit healthy! |

I’m pretty picky with my pancakes. I don’t like bready ones. Especially whole grain bready ones. So fear not, these aren’t your usual cardboardy whole grain pancakes! They’re soft and slightly moist.

One thing I noticed is that these banana pancakes are pretty difficult to flip in a cast iron skillet. They weren’t sticking; they just fell apart when I tried to flip them over. As soon as I switched to a regular non-stick pan, this wasn’t an issue.

Banana Pancakes which happen to be gluten-free, 100% whole grain and dairy-free! |

I know that a lot of kids are going back to school this week and next, and what better to prepare them for the day than with some healthy banana pancakes? They’ve got to get their potassium, after all! ;) These pancakes would go over well in the lunchbox as they’re delicious both cold and reheated. They don’t have to know that their dessert is lacking in the added sugar department!

Speaking of back-to-school, I have an amazing back-to-school themed post planned for Monday so be sure to check back! And the entire week will be lunchbox themed. Even if you don’t have kids, I think you’ll like it. :)

Banana Pancakes (gluten-free, 100% whole grain, dairy-free)

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Banana Pancakes (gluten-free, 100% whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 8-9 medium pancakes


  • 3 small or 2 medium overly ripe bananas (270 grams / 9.5 ounces total, without the peel), mashed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (95g) oat flour (gluten-free oat flour, if needed)1
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients (bananas through eggs) and stir until well combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients over the wet and stir just until combined. There might still be some lumps.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Spray it lightly with cooking spray or lightly butter it.
  6. Pour 1/4 cups of batter onto the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes until bubbles start to form around the edges of the pancake.
  7. Flip it and cook for another 90 seconds or until golden brown on the bottom.
  8. Continue with the remaining batter and serve the pancakes immediately.
  9. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 4 days.


  1. To make your own oat flour, grind quick or rolled oats in a coffee grinder or food processor until it resembles flour.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, as seen on Banana Oat Pancakes – Cookie + Kate

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  • Nancy says
    March 22, 2017 @ 9:08 pm

    After 4 years of being grain free, we are slowly adding some traditionally prepared grains back into our diet a few times a month, but still not having wheat. I found a company that makes sprouted oats, and am trying this recipe with the oat flour. Previously, I had been making pancakes out of squash and eggs, or for a sweeter pancake, banana and eggs. I know that I used 1 egg per banana when I just made banana (no flour at all) pancakes. So, that might be your issue on why your pancakes are not holding together, not enough binder. For “regular” flour pancakes, the gluten is a very strong binder. For gluten free pancakes, there is no binder, so you have to find a way to bind the ingredients. Egg is not as strong as gluten, but it works. I followed your recipe, with the exception that I used a total of 5 eggs. I also mixed everything with a stick blender, rather than mashing the banana, in order to get a smoother texture to help bind. A few more tips would be to make sure you are using enough oil in the pan. I use a stainless steel pan and add a bit of oil each time I add pancakes to the pan. Lastly, since again, these pancakes will not hold together like pancakes that contain gluten, the size needs to be smaller than typical pancakes. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and pour out 1/2 to 3/4 of it for each pancake. This also helps the pancakes hold together better when flipping. I did all of these things and even added blueberries to the top, before flipping, and had no issues. Thanks for posting your recipe, and best of luck!

  • Jennifer @ Because Food is Love says
    March 13, 2017 @ 5:12 pm

    These pancakes sound delicious! I love making healthier pancakes. I usually use whole wheat flour and add banana. (And my kids love it when I add chocolate chips 😊) I’ve used Greek yogurt and/or almond milk too but I’ve been wanting to experiment with out flour. I’m excited to try your recipe. Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Jennifer @ Because Food is Love
      March 13, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

      I love whole wheat pancakes, too, but prefer the milder taste of oat flour. And it’s still 100% whole grain so I’m doubly happy. ;) I hope you’ll enjoy the pancakes! Thanks for your comment.

  • Shannon says
    March 13, 2017 @ 5:38 am

    Haven’t been able to try this recipe yet, but just wanted to say that I LOVE that you posted the weight of the bananas without the peels – “2 large banana” recipe listings are so annoying, and I love that you’ve made it easy for me to make sure to do this correctly! Thank you! :)

    • Erin replies to Shannon
      March 13, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

      Oh my gosh. Don’t even get me started on those recipes. ;) I won’t even make recipes with measurements like that because my final product won’t be anything like theirs! I’m happy you appreciate the gram measurements. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Jenn Kyle
    January 2, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

    These pancakes are delicious! I made them for the first time following the recipe exactly and poured maple syrup over top. Next time, I plan on trying the suggestion of substituting the butter for applesauce in order to reduce the fat. I don’t eat gluten free, but I am trying to cut way back on the wheat in my diet. It’s nice to find delicious, easy to make recipes like this gem instead of buying processed pre-made foods or mixes. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Jenn Kyle
      January 2, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

      I’m happy that you enjoyed the pancakes! They sure are delicious with maple syrup. I’m not GF, either, but GF recipes really are delicious sometimes. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Jenna
    November 26, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

    These were SO good! I made them for my husband and I this morning and added a few chocolate chips to the batter after I poured the pancakes onto the skillet. One slight modification that I made – I did about 1 tbsp. coconut oil and 1 tbsp applesauce and I thought it was perfect. Will definitely be making again!

    • Erin replies to Jenna
      November 26, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

      Adding chocolate chips is always a good idea. :D I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Thanks a bunch for your comment.

  • Kyrina
    September 7, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    As someone who is allergic to dairy and not a fan of the flavor of coconut oil I decided to experiment with 2 TBSP of plain applesauce and it worked all the same! Just about 25 less grams of fat ;) delicious and so easy to modify! Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Kyrina
      September 7, 2016 @ 11:00 pm

      Awesome! That’s great to know. :) Thanks for your tip and the feedback!

  • Tracy | Blush Hydrangeas
    May 31, 2016 @ 11:22 pm

    These were great! I usually keep bananas on hand explicitly to freeze and keep for smoothies but wanted something more today. I love the texture of oat flour. I ground my own in the food processor and left some pieces so the texture looked very similar to yours. And added some walnuts for extra crunch. Thanks – these will be a great go-to pancake recipe!!

    • Erin replies to Tracy | Blush Hydrangeas
      June 1, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

      Yum! I love that you added walnuts for some extra texture. I’m so happy that you gave these a try and enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Rowan
    March 12, 2016 @ 9:03 am

    How much is one serving? It says it makes 8-9 pancakes…but is that more than one serving? Thanks for your help, I can’t wait to make these!!

    • Erin replies to Rowan
      March 12, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

      That’s hard to say because it depends on how much you want to eat! I wouldn’t suggest a serving of 8-9 medium pancakes for one person, though. ;) I think 2 or 3 pancakes would be more reasonable. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

  • Amanda
    January 16, 2016 @ 5:08 am

    My kids love these (as do I)! So easy and they’re just delicious. You have such a talent!! I always look forward to seeing what recipes I can try next!

    • Erin replies to Amanda
      January 16, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

      Aww, thanks! What a nice thing to say. :) And I’m so happy you and your kids enjoy the pancakes so much! Thanks a bunch for your comment and feedback.

  • Grace
    December 22, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    These are just fantastic and were delicious! And we’re so quick to whip up for eveyone at breakfast. thanks for sharing :)

    • Erin replies to Grace
      December 23, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

      And thank you for your feedback! I’m so happy you enjoyed them. :)

  • Theresa
    December 9, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

    These pancakes are so delicious! It’s a hit in my family every time I make them.

    • Erin replies to Theresa
      December 9, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

      Yay! So happy to hear that. Thanks for your feedback. :)


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